All students in the Urbandale Community School District experience music as a significant and sequential curricular subject. General, vocal, and instrumental music provide experiences that are meaningful, enjoyable, integrated, and enhance all learning. The music program provides a basis for lifelong involvement and appreciation of the arts. Participation in the music program develops habits of the mind, including creative thinking, critical thinking, and self-regulation.
What Urbandale Educators Are Saying
“I share with our students all the time that there is no elevator to the top; you have to take the stairs in order to achieve results. Providing a learning environment that develops a lifelong appreciation for music, motivates students to take ownership of their achievements, and enables students to contribute to something larger than themselves, are fundamental tenets for the success of our students and our music program.” – Myron Peterson, Director of Bands, Urbandale High School.
“Choir is a tightly knit group where each individual is crucial to the ensemble’s success. This creates a unique climate for collaboration: the choir can only succeed together. Our goal is to create a performance with a solid foundation in exceptional singing and expression. Our philosophy is to focus on giving our audience a first-rate, life-changing performance.” – Ted Brimeyer, Vocal Music Director, Urbandale High School.
“Urbandale’s youngest students are actively engaged in developmentally appropriate musical activities. We sing, play, move, create, and learn in community with one another with the goal that our students become tuneful, beatful, and artful, ensuring a lifetime of joyful music making.” – Jane Emry Becker, Music Teacher, Olmsted and Karen Acres Elementary Schools
UCSD Board-Approved Curriculum
Detailed curriculum information is provided below. Click on each section to view the associated curriculum PDFs.
The Importance of Music Education From Music Empowers Foundation
The Nation’s Report Card: Music – National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) measures students’ knowledge and skills in the arts by asking them to observe, describe, analyze and evaluate existing works of music and visual art and to create original works of visual art. A national representative sample of 7900 students from public and private schools participated in the 2008 assessment. See the results for music in this PDF.
Iowa Alliance for Arts Education – Iowa Alliance for Arts Education serves Iowa educators and communities in areas of professional development, advocacy, and research related to the arts.
Iowa Arts Council – Iowa Arts Council aims to enrich the quality of life and learning in Iowa communities by encouraging excellence in the arts.